2016 Performers Gallery

416-2016 Performers Gallery

All Ears, All Thumbs

Director of the Small Scale Music cassette label (smallscalemusic.bandcamp.com) and grassroots organizer as part of the La Passe collective, Montreal bassist Raphaèl Foisy-Couture (Brick 4tet) has assembled this quartet regrouping his partner-in-crime, guitarist Vicky Mettler (Brick 4tet, Dusk Scored Dark) alongside Toronto kindred spirits Karen Ng (Convergence Ensemble, See Through Trio/Quintet, Imaginary Flesh, THREADS, Woodshed Orchestra,…¦) and Colin Fisher (Not The Wind, Not The Flag). It will be the first gathering of this new group made possible with the very welcoming invitation of the one and only Joe Strutt for the 416 festival.



deenzi-live-at-tcbDeenzi – Heidi Chan & Andy Yue are a couple of musical psychonauts who make trancey folktronica using Asian wood flutes, glitchy broken beats, piano drama, and granular electronics. It’s the soundtrack to a Wuxia movie set on a space station orbiting a collapsing star. Ancient Asian to the future.


The Electro-Acoustic Orchestra (dir. Doug Van Nort) The Electro-Acoustic Orchestra (dir. Doug Van Nort) is an ensemble comprised of a mixture of acoustic and electronic performers. It is an emergent sonic organism that evolves through collective attention to all facets of sound, soundpainting-inspired conducting, commissioned pieces and improvisational practice. The ensemble functions both as a music course during the Fall semester, as well as the year-round resident ensemble for the DisPerSion Lab where it integrates members of the larger Toronto improvising community.

Members for this performance are Chris Anderson-Lundy, Robert Appleton, David Bandi, Aaron Corbett, Marcello Fiorini, Glen Hall, Ian Macchiusi, Mackenzie Perrault, Liz Petzold, Ted Philips, Danny Sheahan, Fae Sirois and Lauren Wilson



faster-pic-for-416-festivalFASTER began in December 2010, a few months after Kayla Milmine (soprano sax/vocals) and Brian Abbott (guitar/electronic effects) met in Montreal. Even though they both reside in Toronto now, they started out living in two separate cities (Brian in Jersey City, and Kayla in Montreal), and would frequently travel to play together in various places in the U.S. and Canada. FASTER plays a mixture of freely improvised music, cabaret-style punk-jazz, and what they like to refer to as “circus-coreâ” – which they present in the form of a piece called “The Circus Suite” which was played in their award-winning Fringe Festival show “The Elephant in the Room” in Montreal in 2013. In addition to music they also venture into performance art in their live sets and have been spotted performing with popcorn poppers, doing onstage carpentry, breaking piñatas, and they frequently perform with contemporary dancers, performance artists and cacti.

Heraclitus Akimbo

heraclitus-akimbo-by-jason-doellAfter buying a guitar in a fit of panic when he realized he was turning thirty, Joe Strutt was once a barely semi-competent bedroom musician. But for the past few years, making music has been mostly pushed aside in favour of his work as a “citizen archivist,” maintaining long-running music blog Mechanical Forest Sound. Documenting ephemeral moments, he has posted more than 3,100 live recordings, mostly of local, independent artists.
Last year, after the sudden passing of his father, he found himself in the possession of a beautiful guitar (an original edition Fender Starcaster) and some other sundry gear. In an attempt to learn how to use a Boss RC-2 Loop Station, he plugged it into his old Radio Shack keyboard and began noodling. The result of this was A Part of My Inheritance, an album of gauzy ambient sounds that was (to his surprise) released as a tape by Arachnidiscs Recordings in an “extra limited run” that quickly sold out two editions. Further sonic explorations have added found sounds, such as shortwave “numbers stations” and the mysterious online phenomena known as Unfavorable Semicircle.

Kyle Brenders Big Band

kyle-brenders-big-bandKyle Brenders is a young Canadian composer and multi-instrumentalist. His work is defined through the multiple stylistic and idiomatic references used within the process of creation.

He currently is active as a leader of a Quartet and Large Ensemble, which exclusively perform his music. Brenders is an active member of the Association of Improvising Musicians Toronto (AIMToronto) and acts as the Artistic director of the AIMToronto Orchestra.

He has studied and performed with Ab Baars, Anthony Braxton, Alvin Lucier, Jean Derome, Caribou, Gordon Monahan, Malcolm Goldstein, Marshal Allen, Dan Snaith (Caribou), James Holden, Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) Evan Parker, Eddie Prevost, Guillermo Gregorio and Gino Robair. Brenders’s music can be heard on Spool Records, Bug Incision, Barnyard Records and Porter Records.

Personnel for this event –

Jeff LaRochelle
Kyle Brenders
Karen Ng
Peter Lutek

Heather Saumer
Tom Richards

Emily Denison
Rebbecca Henesey
Tara Kannagara

Scott Peterson, BASS
Brandon Valdivia, DRUMS
Michael Davidson, VIBRAPHONE
Chris Pruden, PIANO


Man Made Hill + friends

man-made-hill-416-festivalRandall Gagne is a film-maker, visual artist, and a new-age health consultant who has recently returned to Ontario Town from a science exchange project working on new Natureal™ Vibrational Resource technologies. In his spare time, he dabbles in pop music, and though he has gained some attention from the press in those efforts, he has been quoted as saying, “I would rather be remembered for my charitable works and my unceasing promotion of isolation tank psychotherapy than any common ditty.” At this special engagement, alongside a hand-picked cadre of special guests, he will deconstruct the performative clichés of improvised music. Warning: patrons in the first three rows of the audience WILL get sticky.

Audio: https://manmadehill.bandcamp.com/
Video: https://vimeo.com/137673498
photo credit: Kuny Sack/Joseph Devitt Tremblay

Matt Miller

Matt Miller is a composer and sound designer for interactive media, film and TV, based in Toronto, Canada. His musical compositions are often sound design driven, calling on a range of source materials including analog and digital synthesis, electric and acoustic instruments, handmade devices and found sounds. In late 2011, Matt produced a number of dance remixes, for a live set, using field recordings collected in Morocco, in the late 90s, as the main ingredient. Matt is excited to re-remix a selection of these tracks at the 2016 416 Festival.



mia-zabelkaMIA ZABELKA is a sound artist, violinist and vocalist from Vienna, who creates hauntingly sensual music and is regarded as one of the leading 21st century proponents of what is known as experimental violin music. Mia’s projects show her exceptional mastery and a deep understanding of the violin, be it acoustic or electric, solo or as part of a collective.  In her hands the boundaries of this instrument fade and paths to uncharted sonic territory open, as she bends genres, the conventional use of electronics and the human voice to expand the spectrum for her to paint her musical language in.  Live in concert MIA ZABELKA is an electrifying performer. In any context, she has the uncanny knack of commanding the stage and always being the centre of an audience’s attention, achieved by the intensity and focus of her performances, rather than any gratuitous showmanship.


nidus13512172_10157120001615323_4548638087653472399_nNidus is a perpetually engendered origin revealed by morphing vibrational geometries – a sonic accumulation drifitng on the amorphous continuum that binds the oneiric and political, the autonomous and the integrated, genesis and terminus.
Marc Couroux/ Jason Doell/ Matthew Ramolo

Noah Sherman Mirapolis

noah-sherman-mirapolisBorn from playing free jazz at underground rock shows, Mirapolis can be found at the intersection of a diverse variety of experimental genres. Featuring Chris Rennie on saxophone, Luan Phung on guitar, and Noah Sherman on drums, each member of the group contributes a unique voice to the collective sound, drawing influences from modern classical composition, jazz, avant garde, Hindustani, and punk rock idioms. While the compositions and arrangements range from intricate and complex to simple and folksy, they always have a foot in the spirit of free improvisation. Together, they play music that reflects a long standing musical rapport and collaboration.

The Trouble With Billionaires

david-story-quintetA notable collection of Canadian Jazz Musicians, Glen Hall, Bruce Cassidy, Terry Clark, Keiran Overs, and David Story will be throwing it down. Expect some friendly fireworks. Five veterans, five viewpoints, five new compositions by David Story.

  • Glen Hall: Woodwinds
  • Bruce Cassidy: EWI
  • Terry Clarke: Drums
  • Keiran Overs: Bass
  • David Story: Composer, Keyboards, Percussion